With all the toys, clothes, books and other clutter that collects in a childs room, storage space is always at a premium. If you’re looking to utilise the space available to its full extent, while adding something unique, functional and still fun, then bespoke furniture could be the answer. Just like any bedroom, bespoke furniture can really add a lot to a room, looking sleep and maximising storage space whilst being completely personal to you. The beauty of bespoke is the complete freedom of design, being able to play around with colours, sizes, looks – every element; something off the shelf furniture doesn’t offer.

When choosing furniture for your children’s room, you want to provide something they will love, but is also safe, durable and high-quality to boot. Be creative and design the furniture through the eyes of a child; what would they love there room to look like? The toys and furnishing of a childhood leave a last impression, so make them good ones.

Younger children tend to be attracted to bright colours, texture and patterns, but go too far down this route and the room is in danger of looking overly cluttered. This can be easily countered by using accent points of colour on neutral backdrops. The same can be said about room design; having everything train themed may be fun for a time, but when your child decides they don’t like trains anymore, you’re faced with a big decoration job all over again. Stick with accent pieces; items that you won’t mind replacing in a few years’ time.

It’s tempting to go for cute, small sized furniture for a child’s room; which is practical for a time, but when they grow out of it (and they grow fast), you’ll be in the situation of having to change the furniture all over again. An easily workable solution to this is to adapt full size pieces; such as adding adjustable rails in wardrobes that can be moved higher over time. Full-sized furniture is both more efficient and makes a room feel cosier, avoiding the large, empty, unused spaces that comes with smaller pieces.

Safety is key with anything you leave around children. Choose quality wood furniture over plastics; not only does it look better, but it’s much more durable and can stand up to a lot more. Pieces of furniture can be painted and customised to reflect the child’s personality and interests, but try to customise pieces in a way that they can be adapted as they grow into a new phase.

With custom-built furniture you can introduce clever storage solutions for your child’s room; extra space to store all those toys! Beds with pull-out storage drawers, toy boxes that can double up as a seat, fun themed/coloured shaped hooks… there’s no limit to the level of customisation you can have.

Fitted furniture is also best option for the long term. Not only does it look sleek, but it is much safer than a free-standing piece, as drawers and shelves are always used as makeshift climbing frames, or handy step-ladders to reach those pesky toys hidden at the top (we’ve all done it!). Built in wardrobes are best split into small compartments, which makes them manageable and much easier to see everything you have.

So if you’ve ever wished that you could find the perfect fit of furniture for an awkward space, or add something unique to your child’s room or playroom, or any room in your home for that matter, bespoke may be just the option. Hand crafted furniture can be more expensive than off the shelf pieces, but it’s well worth the investment in terms of character, appeal and life-span. There are no limits!

For more information about our uniquely crafted furniture please visit our workshop, call 01962 733016 or visit www.alresfordinteriors.co.uk today.

a red handmade storage unit with a black top, built to fit between the windows in a childs playroom